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View Poll Results: How often do you wax your vehicle? What do you use?

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  • I don't really wax, just wash once in a while

    10 7.94%
  • I go through the carwash - wash and wax

    10 7.94%
  • I hand wash - soap only

    11 8.73%
  • I hand wash - soap and wax

    11 8.73%
  • I hand wash - soap, wax, polishes and more

    22 17.46%
  • I detail once or twice per year along with washing

    29 23.02%
  • I detail several times per year along with washing

    46 36.51%
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  1. #21
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    Centralia, MO
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    Can you wax you truck too much?
    2007 Chevy Silverado
    5.3L Vortec V8
    Black Crewcab
    Chrome tow hooks
    Chrome side view mirror caps
    Stainless steel GM tie down hooks
    Flowmaster turbo with Silverline tips (Dual Exhaust)
    Back Wheel house liner
    Chrome door handles
    Chrome Chevy bowties front and back

  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by Henchman View Post
    Can you wax you truck too much?
    Yes, if you are using the type of wax that builds-up. Most, if not all, quality brand waxes will be fine for frequent use. You also should use clay-bar to clean your paint surface so you don't embed surface contaminants under the wax and into the paint.
    2005 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab ZQ8 Xtreme

  3. #23
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    Houston, Texas, United States


    Never used clay bar, friend did his truck and it was black it did a great job,he said it was alot of work,but the pay off was well worth its time.
    95 tahoe 2dr 4x4 200,000+ miles

  4. #24


    I have
    2001 chevy 1500 bought in 2007 washed and waxed 3 times(my first truck), pressure washed about 5 times since then
    1990 chevy 1500 bought in 2009 pressure washed once-paint is too far gone to wash let alone wax
    2002 chevy 2500 duramax bought in 2010, pressure washed once

    the rain keeps them clean enough-i just try to knock most of the salt off of them in the spring so they dont rust out as fast

  5. #25


    I cleaned on my truck the other day and it took me forever. I took it to the coin op washed it. I never run my truck through the car wash I just get satisfaction out of it when I do it myself. I then used cleaner wax on it, scratch X, polishing wax, then quick mist, and cleaned the wheels. It took me 9 hours cleaning my truck and that wasn't getting to the inside yet.
    Amber- Indiana

    1995 Chevy 1500 4X4

  6. #26
    Master Mechanic Jimmeh's Avatar
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    Since this is the first rig I've owned with GOOD paint, I've been very meticulous about it. I've washed it once a week since I've owned it (The winter time it was all local car wash cleans, and the summer spring and fall is all hand wash) and I just did it's first wax job since I've owned it. It's due for another though, as it's been about a month or so. I'll probably have it buffed again before winter, and then start the process all over again.
    2005 Chevy Silverado W/T
    4X4|4.8 with some mods (has only slightly more pull than a 5.3)|Auto|4 door ex cab|Cooper Discoverer AT/3's in 285-75/17's on Helo 842's|Cooper Discover M+S 265-75/17's on Devino DV349's|Flowmaster 40 Single in Dual out with custom bent pipe from the end of the cats back|2" Procomp leveling kit|Custom made center console|Custom dyno tunes|Air Raid CAI|Air Raid Throttle Body Spacer|Apex brand topper|Kenwood Head Unit with Kenwood speakers|Painted mirrors/grille|Debadged except front emblem|Bilsteins front and rear
    Planned mods not in order
    2 inch lift|Custom front/rear bumper|hitch tire carrier|roof basket on topper, bars on cab|finish center console build|install Midland CB|Power options|Tint|Custom made raised bed in the bed of the truck|Lund LunarVisor
    Also have a 1992 Ford Ranger with a lot of stuff done to it. Currently waiting for a bit of a rebuild.

    "The only woman I'm pimping from now on is Sweet Lady Propane. And I'm tricking her out all over this town."

  7. #27
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    I buff twice a year (spring and fall) since the road salt here in MN is so horrible.. Evne when it has rust. I hand wax a couple of times during the summer, and if we get a warm spot in the winter... Otherwise they just get washed, and the inside detailed.


    1997 Chevy S-10 Blazer 4X4 with 330K miles and counting (Hunting rig).

    2009 Saturn Aura XE (wifes car)

    2011 F-150 Crew 4X4

    "Hold it to the floor till you see God.... Then Brake!!!!"

  8. #28


    Detail couple times a year, wax at least 3 or 4 times a year, wash every week or more often.
    2004 Silverado-4.3/AT/AC Work Edition-Clean Neat & Simple

  9. #29
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    Live in Mississippi...But I claim Texas!!


    I use polish instead of wax. Polish doesn't have the abrasives that wax does.

    2011 Silverado "Black Widow Edition"

    7" Lift
    35" Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ's
    20" American Racing Rims With -24 offset
    Recon Smoked Led Tail and 3rd Brake Lights

    MCX Conversion Package.....
    Custom Dual Exhaust
    Custom Leather
    Custom Chrome Gauges With Red Back-Lighting
    Black Widow Badges
    Back-up Camera System
    Full Length Nerf bars
    Bull Bar
    Fender Flares
    Hood Scoop

    Pioneer Head Unit
    Custom Sub Box With Two Competition 10" JBL's
    Rockford Fosgate 1000w Prime Amp

  10. #30
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    Feb 2012
    New England


    I use a spray wax nearly most after every wash, TW Black car detailer spray wax, but just ordered the hand polishing kit from Adam's Polishes to wash, clay bar, polish, & seal. I'll have to get up early that day.

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